Wednesday’s Daily Double – 9/1 double covering two races at Haydock today

Jon Vine combines his NAP of the day and his Next Best into his Daily Double, covering races two races at Haydock on Wednesday 4th December.

My 7/1 Daily Double landed in excellent style yesterday, and Mr Love was my fourth winning NAP on the bounce. As part of our Daily Tips, I’ve thrown up this 9/1 double. Best odds available here with bet365.

Wednesday’s Daily Double

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1:550pm Haydock Conservatory Insulations Novices’ Chase (Class 2) 2m5½f

As good as Champagne Mystery was when winning a handicap at Aintree the last day, I was still expecting DASHEL DRASHER (NAP) open at around Evens for this Novices’ Chase. As it is, Jeremy Scot’s promising six-year-old started off at 13/8. That price has come into 5/4 overnight, but I still think he represents exceedingly good value.

Dashel Drasher enjoyed a prolific novice hurdling campaign last season, winning his final four outings over two-and-a-half miles. Scot’s chaser faced a tough task on his chasing debut, with Champ lining up in opposition at Newbury. Although his rival had a little too much speed on the flat following the final flight, Dashel Drasher was a match for Nicky Henderson’s star for much of the race, crossing the line just three lengths adrift in second.

Many experts were tipping Matt Griffith’s mount to spring a surprise as he renewed rivalries with Champ in the Grade Two at Newbury last Friday. Sadly, an error at the very first flight brought their race to a premature end and Dashel Drasher continued alone for about half of that race, before being caught and pulled up. The fact he’s out so quickly suggests there were no ill-effects after those exploits at Newbury and I would be surprised if Dashel Drasher wasn’t good enough to claim his first win over fences on Wednesday.

3:30pm Haydock Every Race Live On Racing TV Handicap Hurdle (Class 3) 2m3f

Informateur may have run out a convincing winner at Uttoxeter the last day, but Sue Smith’s six-year-old had dropped down to a career-low mark and could be vulnerable under a seven-pound penalty. Get Help is a capable hurdler and has been overlooked in the betting, but I’d prefer to side with the clear class-angle in the race, BETTER GETALONG (NB).

Nicky Richards’ charge made his reappearance at Haydock here last year, running up to an RPR of 135 when following Ballymoy home on heavy ground. Sadly, Better Getalong couldn’t replicate that performance in two started thereafter, finishing sixth in the Grade Three Holloways Handicap Hurdle, before labouring to a lengthy defeat at Ayr in March.

Better Getalong returns to Haydock two-pounds lower than when he pushed Ballymoy close last December and his record when fresh is fantastic. Top-weight may not be enough to stop Brian Hughes’ mount getting the win.